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Fish Alert: ADFG closes Kenai River dip net fishery early, reduces bag limit for red from 3 to 1

From the Alaska Department of Fish and Game: To protect returning sockeye salmon and increase fishing opportunities in the future, ADFG is closing the Kenai River Personal Use Dipnet Fishery, and the bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon 16 inches or longer is reduced from three per day and six in possession, to one per day, two in possession, effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 30, 2018.

On July 24, 2018, ADFG reevaluated the Kenai River sockeye salmon run and projected the run will be less than 2.3 million fish. Based on the current passage estimate of sockeye salmon in the Kenai River of 367,895 fish through July 25, the sustainable escapement goal (SEG) of 700,000 to 1.2 million Kenai River late-run sockeye salmon may not be met without a reduction in harvest of this stock. Therefore, it is warranted to decrease the bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon in the Kenai River sport fishery. Restrictions to the commercial fishery is also being implemented to improve sockeye salmon passage to the Kenai River.

Figure 1. Kenai River Sockeye Salmon End of Season Projection


Figure 2. Kenai River Sockeye Salmon Daily Sonar Counts